EMU College of Business labeled 'outstanding' for ninth consecutive year in Princeton Review's listing of nation's top 296 business schools

by Geoff Larcom, Published October 11, 2012

Michael Tidwell, dean of the EMU College of Business.

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University's College of Business is an "outstanding" business school, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features Eastern in the new 2013 edition of its book, "The Best 296 Business Schools."

"This recognition, for the ninth consecutive year, illustrates that our faculty are truly providing a top-quality education for our students, who are going on to good careers," said Michael Tidwell, dean of EMU's College of Business.

The Princeton Review compiled the list based on its surveys of 19,000 students attending the 296 business schools in the book, as well as on school-reported data. Students were asked about their school's academics, student body and campus life as well as about themselves and their career plans. The entire list is at www.princetonreview.com/business-school-rankings.aspx

Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior VP-Publisher, says, "We selected the schools we profile in this book - 280 of which are in the U.S.A. and 16 are international - based on our high regard for their academic programs and our reviews of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also solicit and greatly respect the opinions of students attending these schools who rate and report on their experiences at them."

Comments about Eastern Michigan's College of Business in the 2013 book include:

  • "EMU offers an affordable, flexible and very student-oriented MBA program, Eastern Michigan University is a public school with a contemporary touch."
  • "Within the two-year MBA, Eastern Michigan excels at staying current with business trends and developing a program aimed directly at reaching higher placement in the workforce."
  • "The innovative curriculum integrates fundamental business areas with contemporary business topics such as global knowledge, innovation, analytical skills, ethics and critical thinking."
  • "Course content is extremely current with a pointed focus on preparing students ... through exposure to business and industry."

A student quoted in the book says that EMU may very well be "the most practical and project-centric program in Michigan."

The EMU MBA program offers the opportunity to specialize in contemporary fields such as e-business, entrepreneurship, international business and nonprofit management in addition to traditional fields such as marketing and supply chain management.

A student enthuses, "A student can tell that the faculty really cares about (them) and their future success ... There is an open environment in each classroom to share your work experience and how it relates to topics and ask other opinions as well."

EMU's MBA programs are appropriate to students in every stage of their career, and classes can be taken full-time, part-time, online, or through a hybrid of online and in- class coursework.

For working professionals, the campus provides "ease of access from Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Toledo," as well as "offerings online and at extended locations," a student says in EMU's profile.

Another student notes, "The business school definitely works for working, older students like myself. Classes don't start until 6:30 p.m., so I have time to drive from work."

The Princeton Review does not rank the business schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 296.

The EMU College of Business has approximately 2,500 undergraduate students pursuing one of 12 majors and 700 graduate students pursuing either an MBA, Masters of Information Systems, Masters of Integrated Marketing Communications, Masters of Human Resources and Organizational Development or Masters of Accounting.

The Princeton Review is also known for its many categories of college rankings, its classroom and online test-prep courses, tutoring and its other education services. Headquartered in Framingham, MA, the Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.

To learn more about the College of Business, please visit the website at http://www.cob.emich.edu/

The book is sold by Random House/Princeton Review and went on sale this month for $22.99.




Geoff Larcom



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